How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger with Eyeliner

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger with Eyeliner

zoey deschanel photo: Zoey Deschanel - Hands Up HandsUp.jpgWhat woman doesn’t want the wide-eyed effect that Zooey Deschanel has?

It’s so significant that you can hardly be exposed to an episode of Who’s that Girl without hearing it mentioned at least once.

In fact, those eyes get the blame for the fact that Zooey’s character gets away will what she does as the quirky roommate in an otherwise all male household.

The good news is that you too can create such a look, even if you don’t really get away with anything quirky because of it. A lady can try, can’t she?

Step Out of the 80’s

I’ve been saying this for years and I am happy to have a chance to say it again: Keep the eyeliner out of your eyes!

This isn’t the 80’s anymore. Eyeliner that can touch your eye went out with the big hair, so if you’re still doing the big hair, stop that too!

Shading is Everything

The key to the wide-eyed look is shading. Most of you already now that lighter colors make things look bigger while darker colors make things look smaller, hence the fact that we are all searching for the perfect little black dress and not the perfect little white dress. Sometimes, as is the case with eyeliner and eyeshadow, you need a contrast in order to make the lighter colors stand out.

When you put that eyeliner on the top of your bottom lid instead of the outside of it, I cringe and your eye actually looks smaller than it did.

Applying the Eyeliner

The darkest, thickest part of your eyeliner should be at the corner of the outside of your eyelids, where the top and bottom meet. When you apply the eyeliner to your bottom lid, apply it on the outside, underneath the eyelashes. This causes a sort of illusion.

The top of your bottom lid blends with your eye so that your eyes actually look larger. The eyeliner provides the contrast to set off the lighter colors.

By keeping the eyeliner thinner along the majority of your lids and thicker in the corners, you provide another illusion.

The eyeliner in the corner creates a sort of shade so it looks like your eyes stand out more than they actually do. You can enhance the effect even more by applying your eye shadow correctly, but that’s for another article.

If you have any doubts about this method, just take a look at the way Zooey’s eyeliner is applied in an effort to enhance her trademark look.

 
 
Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: A Blast From the Past

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: A Blast From the Past

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Spring is about color and fun!

Spring fashion trends for 2014 are looking fun and fabulous, but they are also a bit retro.

Half the fun of seeing the new fashion trends for the year involves comparing them to past fashion trends and the changes made to them.

Some of this year’s spring fashion trends will remind you of your younger years, but you will appreciate the added color and new ways to use these old trends.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Tea-Length Skirts

Get ready for length specific skirts. Tea-length skirts are making a big comeback this year. Above the ankles and below the knees, just like tea parties from the past. No, seriously, go to a tea party–you get to wear a fun dress and drink healthy stuff. These dresses can be worn just about anywhere and you never have to worry about being under-dressed or over dressed because they are versatile enough to work for just about any occasion.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Collarless Jackets and Billowy Pants

In the seventies you either wore big collars or no collars at all. Pants were simlar; either you had big pant bottoms or you didn’t have bottoms because you were wearing shorts. Collarless jackets are making a comeback this spring and billowy pants may remind us of bell bottoms, but they aren’t quite the same. These pants billow around the legs and if worn correctly, can even make you look taller and by consequence, thinner. For a taller, thinner look, go with the billowy pants with slimmer legs and a higher waist.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Bomber Jacket

bomber jackets photo: LEATHER BOMBER JACKET ADL111_LARGE_leather_bomer_jacket.jpgRemember Top Gun and Indiana Jones? The bomber jacket was a must for any wardrobe. Over the years it has gone through many changes, including using small bits of leather together to create the bomber jacket look in a whole new way. This year the trend includes color. Look for bomber jackets that include more than one color. In some cases they might look a little more like letterman’s jackets, while other designs include a contrast collar.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Crop-Tops and Sweaters

Dress for comfort, dress for style. Crop tops are a big hit this year, just as they were in the 80’s. However, thin sweaters that don’t gather are also in line, so you don’t have to forego comfort for style.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Pastels are Back!

A bit of pastel is always a good spring choice, but this year exepct more than a bit of pastel. If pastels aren’t your thing, wear a pastel shirt with contrasting color to enhance your skin tone. In this way you can be trendy, but your skin won’t look washed out.

Blissfully Beautiful Eyes: Playing Up Your Eyes With Makeup

Blissfully Beautiful Eyes: Playing Up Your Eyes With Makeup

smokey-eye-quoteEyes have been called the windows of the soul because of how much they communicate.  Eyes give your face energy and individuality.  They do not have to be a certain size or shape to be considered pretty – all eyes have their own unique beauty.

When makeup is applied to look natural it will bring out the eye’s true color and enhance the eye’s beauty. When you feel good about your makeup you will be more confident and will have one less thing to worry about.

A subtle application of eyeliner, shadows and mascara work together to create magic and make your eyes look their best. Here’s how to do it.

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Eye Shadow

Eye shadow is meant to highlight and define the eyes.  Eye shadow is used to create depth to bring out the beauty of the eyes.  A dark color used on the lid will make the eye appear smaller, while a lighter color will make it appear larger. That is what eye shadow is about creating illusions.

These are the basic techniques for the following eye shapes:

  • Small eyes: Don’t use too much shadow or liner – it will make you eyes look smaller. Apply a light color on eyelid, use a darker color in the crease and use a highlighter under the brow.
  • Large eyes:  Wear darker shadow on the lid and extend it to the crease. Use a flat color under the brow to highlight.
  • Deep-set eyes: Use light colors on the eyelid and under the brow. Use a medium color in the crease.  Emphasize the outer corners with shadow.
  • Wide-set eyes:  Use darker colors on the inner corners of the eye.
  • Hooded eyes:  Apply light colors on the lid.  Use darker colors from the center of the eyelid to the outer corners and blend.
  • Round eyes:  Make round eyes longer by using color all around and extending toward the outer corners.
  • Asian eyes:  Apply highlighter under the brow. Use light shadow on the inner half of the lid and a darker color on the outer half.

Tips to Remember

  • Light colors cause the eyes to open, dark colors will cause the eyes to recede
  • If you have very light skin avoid dark shades
  • Be careful with shimmer – they will bring attention to imperfections and wrinkles.
  •  The eye area is the first to show age; don’t tug on the skin.

Eyeliners:

English: Close-up of face wearing makeup.

Eyeliners are meant to define the eyes so they should do just that, not be the focal point of your makeup.  Eyeliners come in various colors and forms liquid, pencil etc.

Keep the eyeliner natural.  Pencils are available in many colors (for the best look stick to black or brown) and can be sharpened for a fine line.

For a smudged effect use a sponge tip shadow applicator or an eye shadow brush. When your pencils are too soft refrigerate them. When they are too hard soften them by holding them between your fingers.

To line the eye, start on the lower lid, just beneath the lashes.

When you are finished always smudge the line with your sponge. Stay as close to the lash line as possible.

On the upper lid, draw a line form the inner corner to the outer corner, thickening the line toward the outer corner.

After the age of 40 keep the line in between the lashes.

Mascara and the creation of beautiful lashes:

Mascara frames your eyes and can make your face come alive. Mascara softly accentuates the eye while thickening and darkening the lashes; it is the finishing touch for eyes.

There are several different types to choose from, thickening, and waterproof to smudge proof. Waterproof will need a special remover and smudge proof will wash off easily.  It is not a good idea to wear waterproof mascara for extended periods of time since it has a tendency to dry the lashes.

Select a shade of mascara that complements your coloring.  Dark shades on pale eyes with brown lashes will darken them and will look harsh.  Stay away from blues and other colors since they will ruin your look.

Lashes that are hard to curl may need the help of an eyelash curler.  Curl your lashes before you apply mascara – hold for ten to twenty seconds.

To apply mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes.  Insert the wand only once and twist, don’t pump.  Pumping can break the brush bristles and distribute the mascara unevenly and will dry out the mascara faster.

Start by rolling the wand from root to tip in an upward motion. Reinsert the brush and apply again. If your eyelashes are thick and long they may clunk together.  If this happens let them dry and then separate them with the corner of an eyebrow brush.

Celebrities Embrace Warm Accessories: Scarves and Shawls Heat Up a Cold Season

Celebrities Embrace Warm Accessories: Scarves and Shawls Heat Up a Cold Season

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The fashion industry is booming, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon, especially with our fascination with celebrities and their style. Celebrity

fashionistas like Nicole Richee, Jennifer Anniston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Billie Piper have their fingers on the pulse of the fashion industry (or, if they don’t, they have stylists who do), and this year, they’re all about the warn and snuggly accessories

Year after year, women are bombarded with new styles, colors, designs, and women’s clothing accessories. It’s enough to make your head spin!

So, why all the hype? Maybe the fashion designers need to keep their jobs… and to do so, they must somehow cause women to go out and shop for brand new items every season.

In any case, even women with average income can rock a celebrity look if they’re careful with their purchases. Maybe you find an amazing hidden-gem amongst designers (such as Jane Cuddehe, the designer behind Scialle Fine Shawls, not to mention some pretty amazing scarves!) and you get a deal that you can’t pass up (scarves typically sold for $800 and up for a fraction of the price, for example).

Fortunately, there are ways women can avoid falling into the “new trendy fashion” trap. Here are some hints about women’s clothing that fashion designers don’t want you to know.

Timeless Colors for Women’s Clothing

There are some basic colors in women’s clothing that will never go out of style. They’re “in fashion” year after year, season after season. These are black, khaki tan, green, and blue. Some bright colors that never seem to go out of style are red, white, and many light pastels.

Though designs and styles may change, these colors are always around. The good news is women can mix and match these colors to create all sorts of stylish outfits.

And, you can pick up less expensive accessories, such as scarves and shawls, to really add a trendy look to a classic outfit.

Women can always wear black for a slimming effect – Hollywood stars do it all the time! Black is a great color that can be used any time of the year. In winter, they can wear black slacks or a black skirt, full-length black dresses, black jackets, and black blouses or sweaters. With any of these, women can add a splash of color with colorful jewelry, scarves, belts, shoes, or even hats.

Black can also be used with any of the colors mentioned above for those who don’t want to wear all black. Women who wear plus size clothes always look great in black as well.

In summer, black garments can be worn with other colorful items. For example, women can wear a hot pink scarf with a bright green shirt and a black skirt. Shoes with a little color can match the shirt. Or, a bright-colored blouse under a black jacket can be worn with matching slacks. Summer is the season for brightness, so women can count on wearing their bright shirts, shorts, slacks, and skirts each year, no matter what the latest fashion trends.

How to Style Your Own Clothes

Fashion designers and women’s fashion magazines aren’t the only ones that can design women’s apparel. Whether it’s American apparel or express fashion design straight from Paris, France, most women could probably design their own clothes even better if they had the skills. Why? Each woman is unique in her makeup and physique. She knows better than anyone what type of women‚s clothes will complement her figure.

Women might not be able to actually design the clothes, but they can create the perfect outfits in their minds and maybe even on paper if they try. This will give them a guideline to use while shopping for clothing. For choosing an outfit, they can write down the perfect size, the length of the blouse, skirt, or dress, the type of waistline needed, and the style that looks best with their figure. They can sift through photos in women‚s magazines to get ideas. While shopping, they can look for these types of clothing specifically and save much time and energy.

Layer Clothes for Dramatic Effect

ShawlGroupingFlatWomen can layer their clothes to create a more dramatic effect as they walk and move. Some great layering methods include wearing a tank top under a sheer shawl or a partially buttoned blouse, wearing a trendy jacket over an otherwise dull outfit, covering the waist with a colorful scarf tied to the side or in the front, and so forth. Layering also allows the blending of colorful pieces with one-colored garments in a tasteful way.

Stock Closets with Versatile Clothing

Women can stretch their clothing budget by filling their wardrobe armoire or closet with more versatile clothing. This means buying pieces that can be mixed and matched with other pieces to create multiple outfits. For instance, a woman might buy a sweater or blouse that can be worn with several skirts, pants, or shorts. Also, women can accessorize certain outfits to make them look like two totally different outfits.

With so many possibilities, any woman can stay ahead of the clothing game using the tips above. Update your wardrobe today with these timeless, trendy women’s clothes!

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